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Sweet Karma (2009)

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A mute Russian girl infiltrates Toronto's underground sex trade to avenge the death of her sister.

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Andrew Thomas Hunt

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James Fler, Andrew Thomas Hunt (as Andrew T. Hunt) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shera Bechard ... Karma Balint
John Tokatlidis ... William
Frank J. Zupancic ... Stefan
Christian Bako ... Tomas
Laura McLean Laura McLean ... Mavra
Patricia Stasiak Patricia Stasiak ... Anna Balint
Lana Koseniv Lana Koseniv ... Galina
Mark Wiebe ... Peter
Steve Richard Steve Richard ... Peaches
Adam Tomlinson ... Skinny Boy
Brent Crawford ... David Grey
Tanya Rusnak Tanya Rusnak ... Franciska
Sasha Kovacs Sasha Kovacs ... Redhead
Anna Beben Anna Beben ... Blondie
Elitsa Bako Elitsa Bako ... Brunette
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A mute Russian girl infiltrates Toronto's underground sex trade to avenge the death of her sister.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violent content including rape, sexual material, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

1 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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Russian mafia See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Fairly mediocre femme-revenger...
26 May 2012 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"Sweet Karma" have, what sounded like, an interesting storyline. Karma's sister Anna travels from Russia to Canada under the impression to work there as a housemaid. Karma never hears from her sister, never receives any money, and decides to go to Canada and look for her sister. Signing up with the same company that sent Anna to Canada, Karma discovers that it is in fact a human trafficking ring supplying prostitutes and erotic dancers. Bent on revenge, Karma takes down the ones responsible, one by one, and with every weapon at her disposal.

Sounded great, didn't it? Yeah, unfortunately there was nothing new or innovating to be seen in "Sweet Karma". It had all been seen in movies before; a woman out for revenge, an undercover cop in too deep with the bad guys, the woman bringing down an entire cartel all by her lonely self, and women being suppressed and forced into shady work. With those things lined up, "Sweet Karma" didn't really rise above mediocrity.

Don't get me wrong, the movie is actually quite good and manages to keep you riveted to the seat until the very end. But lacking new ideas and execution in movie style, then "Sweet Karma" was a bit tame.

The people in the movie were actually doing good jobs with their roles. And the lead role of Karma was played by Shera Bechard was particularly well performed, especially because she didn't speak a single word throughout the entire movie.

One of the things that I really liked about "Sweet Karma" was the feel you got from the scenes and scenery. It was gritty, dirty and foreboding. And that worked really well, because you had the sensation of being in a bad and low place; which the women also were. So thumbs up on the way they used that to the movie's advantage.

Personally, I just didn't fully buy into the story, that a woman singlehandedly could manage to unwrap the human trafficking ring all by herself and take them down the way she did. Some of the violence scenes were actually quite well executed, though, I will give them that. But in general, I just didn't see the storyline as that plausible.

"Sweet Karma" is good entertaining for an evening of movies where you don't have to use your brain. This movie invites you to just disable and sit back in the couch and watch it for being entertained. Now, I know that things like what was portrayed in the movie actually does occur all around the world, but still, the movie didn't leave me with any lingering afterthoughts in any regards.


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